Our motto when traveling is to immerge into the local culture and its way of life. No matter where we end up, we try to experience the daily life and make the best out of it. It was no difference in Australia.
When you are traveling »down under« and stopping at coastal towns, you will realize how important surfing is to the people. Even if you don’t go to the beach, numerous surfing shops clearly mark that surfing is the way of life.
Where ever you find yourself in, big or small towns, or even cities, surfing is probably the number one sport and outdoor activity for most of the people and it was nothing different in Sydney.
It is said that Bondi Beach is THE spot for surfing in Sydney, so it was no surprise, that we were headed there for our very first surfing lessons in our lives. We have decided to »sacrifice« two hours for surfing lessons with the Lets Go Surfing surfing school and we were not sorry.
The water only had about 19°C, so we got the wet suits, which made our surfing experience way better. The surfing boards were already waiting for us at the beach and the fun begun. Adam, surfing instructor, was relaxed, but professional and perfect for the first timers. Everything was explained to us (from waves, currents, techniques, timing etc.) and later on it was time for some action.
When we were standing on the beach and tried paddling and standing up, it did not feel extremely hard, but when we came into the water, everything became another story. I guess the hardest thing for me was coming out, away from the coast, with a board, as the strong waves just took me back on the shore every time. I was exhausted, but still did manage to catch the wave. We, surprisingly, both stood up and enjoyed the ride on our first wave. It was amazing and so much fun – I just wished the actual surfing would last more than few seconds. But still enough to be motivated and fought the waves for two hours straight.
After two hours, we were death tired, but one thing was certain – we will try surfing again for sure! Now we know, why surfing is such a popular sport all around the world– once you get up and catch the wave, there is no turning back.